Monday, June 24, 2013

Later Post: First day of summer

Note: This post was written on Friday afternoon, June 21st but this is the first time I've had internet and time to actually get it online.  Sorry for the delay!

Hey everyone, happy first day of summer!! I can’t even explain how happy this wonderful sunshine and warm weather makes me. I get sweaty just carrying the groceries from the car to my apartment in this weather, but I don’t even care. I will manage a little sweatiness for this sun any day.

So, the first day of summer in Upstate New York is definitely feeling a lot like summer. We have temps in the 80s and a bright beautiful blue sky with lots of sunshine. And I decided just yesterday to take the day off and use today to relax and do some errands before leaving on a business trip. I realized I had no meetings today and as of yesterday afternoon hadn't packed a thing so I really needed the day as well.

Last night I had my regular bi-weekly happy hour that I organize and we had a unique mix of people show up from interns to more senior people covering almost every branch/division. It was really fun and one of the perfect examples of why these happy hours I do are fun. I love seeing people mingle and meet new people that they normally wouldn't talk to! The weather was beautiful and I chose a bar with a great outdoor area. We went to the Centre Street Pub in Schenectady, which is fairly new, but a great addition to the Schenectady bar scene. They even have a place to play corn hole (or “bean bag toss” to some) in their back patio. It was nice to be outside and catch up with friends outside of work, and in the outdoors!

I did the boot camp class over lunch time at work on Thursday and it was so nice out that I simply couldn't wait to get back outside. I’m really loving that class and even though I've only attended 3 so far, I’m loving how I feel afterwards and think it’s making a difference. I’m finally starting to notice a bit of a difference with my body since I’ve changed my exercise routine a bit, did the Advocare cleanse, and have just been counting Weight Watchers points. I think I am down about 5 lbs and feeling confident. Today, on my day off, I stopped at Marshall’s to return a couple items, and ended up going on a little bit of a shopping spree. It was one of those days though that just everything seems to work out and look cute! Sometimes when I go shopping I enter the dressing room with 15 items and leave with a tank top or 1 dinky thing that I actually like how it looks. Today, everything was feeling good! That’s how I know that my extra diligence to exercise and eating right is paying off.

I will admit that I am a tiny bit nervous about my work trip and don’t want to take any steps backwards with the progress I am making, so I am going to try really hard to be as good as possible. I also packed lots of exercise clothes and my running gear to hopefully get some miles in!

Right now I am on the train to NYC where I will spend the night with one of my best friends whom I haven’t seen in a while, and then depart from the airport tomorrow afternoon for my work trip.

The ride from Albany to NYC on the train is pretty nice!
It should be a fun night in New York and very different from other NYC trips I've had. I’m going to be playing with my friend on her work soccer team tonight – they have a double header with games at 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Yikes! I don’t think I've ever exercised so late in the evening, but I’m excited to join her team and get to know her work friends while doing something active. Hopefully they don’t laugh at my soccer skills…

Hope you are all enjoying your first day of summer and enjoying lots of delicious summery foods. I had to eat up all the leftover fruit and food in my kitchen today so it was a random day of eats for me but this apple/banana with peanut butter and my train ride snack of chopped fruit with lemon juice has totally been hitting the spot! I also made a fresh back of chili lime almonds today to take with me on my trip as a snack throughout the time I am away. I’ll try to check in as much as possible!

1 comment:

  1. Oh my gosh I was LOVING the nicer weather last weekend! And boot camps are pretty much my favorite thing, especially in the spring and summer when they can be outside. If only my knee would heal so I could sign up for one!

    Sarah @ Life As Always